Fair work and productivity

Rogers, Gail and Richmond, Kenny (2016) Fair work and productivity. Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary, 40 (3). pp. 51-62. ISSN 2046-5378

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Fair work can be defined as work that offers effective voice, opportunity, security, fulfilment and respect. Fair work can be a significant driver of productivity for Scotland, and contributing to growth that is inclusive. The available evidence suggests that Scotland’s performance in fair work, as measured across its different elements, is generally mixed to poor. The adoption of fair work practices does not have to involve a cost to employers and indeed there may be financial benefits to them. Employee engagement underpins effective voice, and influences many other fair work elements, and skills utilisation underpins fulfilment. Scotland performs poorly on both these elements, so a specific focus on these could have wide ranging benefits and impacts for Scottish companies and workers.